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October 9, 2015
Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL
Releasing Larry's Trophy Redfish
This Week's Fishing Report
In my last report I made a statement about the highest water levels I have ever seen on the north Indian River Lagoon in my 20 years of guiding anglers on Florida's east central coast. Well, the water level is still rising. Over the past week, I've polled my skiff into places I've never been before, and I'm kinda liking it. Although the water levels are very high, the water in the north IRL where I've been fishing is still clean for the most part. This week, we have been doing well just working the edges on the mangroves and shorelines casting DOA Shad Tails, small top-water plugs and live shrimp.
Another bonus has been the schools of ladyfish and bluefish busting glass minnows out in the deeper water. It's been a while since I seen the concentrations we fished today. On my charter today my anglers were having so much fun catching ladyfish and blues on DOA Shad Tails on a 1/4 ounce jig head, they didn't want to leave them. These schooling fish are not considered by most as a prized species, but they are great fun on light tackle and fly and it just depends on your prospective. If you target these fish, just look for the terns and gals working the bait from above and step up your leader size to reduce cutoffs.
Larry's Trophy Redfish
Lastly, there are still good numbers of mullet migrating south along the beach, but elevated seas and high tides have prevented anglers from fishing them. Hopefully our sea state will begin to settle down and we can still enjoy the end of the mullet run.
Sunday Sandi and I will be traveling to Lake Eufaula Alabama for the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association Conference, so my next weeks report will become a travel blog and Instagram activity will follow the event.
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Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL
Ron's Trophy Redfish caught last October our of Port Canaveral
As the tropical storm seasons wanes on Florida's east central coast, passing summer squalls and higher water levels have impacted the seasonal fishing conditions we traditionally experience in October. Combined with last week's super moon and a steady northeasterly fetch, the lagoon water levels are the highest I've seen in years. These conditions are so intense this year the St Johns River was flowing in the wrong direction last week causing stalled out water levels above flood stage south of Lake George in the Aster area.
Acorns dropping, love bugs hatching and my fall flora in full bloom are all signs of our seasonal changes and indications my favorite time of year to fish has arrived. Fall has certainly arrived as hordes of black and silver mullet, Atlantic menhaden (pogies), thread fin herring (greenies), and bay anchovies (glass minnows) have begun their southerly migration in search of warmer waters. This migration creates a Chinese Buffet of yummy little baitfish heading south, shadowed by a large array of hungry predators looking to fatten up for the winter.
If weather permits, near-shore opportunities are the best you will see
all year. Along the beaches, target areas of concentrated bait schools
for a mixed bag of snook, tarpon, kingfish, cobia, jack crevalle, oversized
redfish, and sharks. Additionally, snook fishing in the surf has improved
as the baitfish move south along the beach. Also look for schools of
glass minnows to begin showing up bringing larger Spanish mackerel, bluefish,
and tarpon with them. For the past several weeks our sea state has been
elevated with 3 to 4 foot wave heights, so keep an close eye on the weather
and watch for calmer seas.
DOA Cal Tail and a Mullet Run Sea Trout, Photo by Captain John Kumiski
In the north Indian River and Mosquito Lagoons, higher water levels will allow anglers to venture into areas normally inaccessible during the spring and summer months. Look for slot redfish in close to the grassy edges along the shoreline shadowing pods of finger mullet, and for the larger redfish staged in deeper water ambush sites where migrating mullet are forced to venture out from the safety of the shallow flats. In deeper water areas, look for ladyfish, spotted sea trout, jacks, and tarpon feeding on schools of glass minnows. These schools of fish are easily located by watching for bird and fish activity. Once located, these schools will produce explosive action on small top water plugs, or popping bug flies. Also, if you locate a school of the larger black mullet, try fishing spoons of soft plastic baits deep under the school. Even though, mullet are vegetarians, redfish and sea trout will often mingle in feeding on shrimp and crabs kicked up from the bottom by feeding mullet. If you find heavy mullet schools working the shallows, try fishing with a DOA Shrimp or CAL Tail very slow within the mullet school.
Lastly, this is the spawning season for redfish. Breeder schools of
redfish can be found in the open waters of the flats, inlet passes and
in open waters off of the beach. These over slot redfish are great fun
to catch, but remember their spawning success is the future of our fishery.
With that said if you target them please step up the size of your tackle
(20-pound tackle or larger) to facilitate a shorter battle and handle
and release them with extreme care.
Captain Tom Van Horn